Jasper Fforde

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Jasper Fforde

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in London, England, The United Kingdom
January 11, 1961



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Jasper Fforde is a novelist living in Wales. He is the son of John Standish Fforde, the 24th Chief Cashier for the Bank of England, whose signature used to appear on sterling banknotes, and is cousin of Desmond Fforde, married with the author Katie Fforde. His early career was spent as a focus puller in the film industry, where he worked on a number of films including Quills, GoldenEye, and Entrapment.

His published books include a series of novels starring Thursday Next: The Eyre Affair (2001), Lost in a Good Book (2002), The Well of Lost Plots (2003), Something Rotten (2004) and First Among Sequels (2007). The Big Over Easy (2005), which shares a similar setting with the Next novels, is a reworking of his first written novel, which initial...more

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I was invited to a business lunch at Penguin to pitch for The Eyre Affair in July of 1999, and that first meeting was mildly strange, to say the least. I'd heard the rumours, of course, but I just thought the stories were urban myths - wild fabrications invented by agents and authors who had had one too many pink gins before a meeting.

The first thing you notice upon ente...

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Average rating: 4.00 · 228,275 ratings · 20,319 reviews · 24 distinct works · Similar authors
The Eyre Affair (Thursday N...
3.92 of 5 stars 3.92 avg rating — 65,709 ratings — published 2001 — 65 editions
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Lost in a Good Book (Thursd...
4.12 of 5 stars 4.12 avg rating — 30,103 ratings — published 2002 — 46 editions
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The Well of Lost Plots (Thu...
4.08 of 5 stars 4.08 avg rating — 22,698 ratings — published 2003 — 41 editions
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Something Rotten (Thursday ...
4.12 of 5 stars 4.12 avg rating — 19,418 ratings — published 2004 — 39 editions
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The Big Over Easy (Nursery ...
3.9 of 5 stars 3.90 avg rating — 19,551 ratings — published 2005 — 29 editions
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Shades of Grey (Shades of G...
4.12 of 5 stars 4.12 avg rating — 16,314 ratings — published 2009 — 33 editions
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First Among Sequels (Thursd...
3.98 of 5 stars 3.98 avg rating — 14,991 ratings — published 2007 — 35 editions
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The Fourth Bear (Nursery Cr...
4.04 of 5 stars 4.04 avg rating — 13,545 ratings — published 2006 — 23 editions
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One of Our Thursdays Is Mis...
3.89 of 5 stars 3.89 avg rating — 9,633 ratings — published 2011 — 30 editions
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The Last Dragonslayer (The ...
3.82 of 5 stars 3.82 avg rating — 7,720 ratings — published 2010 — 30 editions
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More books by Jasper Fforde…
The Eyre Affair Lost in a Good Book The Well of Lost Plots Something Rotten First Among Sequels One of Our Thursdays Is Mis... The Woman Who Died a Lot
Thursday Next (8 books)
4.008393221225576 of 5 stars 4.01 avg rating — 168,231 ratings

The Big Over Easy The Fourth Bear
Nursery Crime (3 books)
3.9558361527307877 of 5 stars 3.96 avg rating — 33,104 ratings

Shades of Grey
Shades of Grey (3 books)
4.123539844657819 of 5 stars 4.12 avg rating — 16,351 ratings

The Last Dragonslayer The Song of the Quarkbeast The Eye of Zoltar
The Last Dragonslayer (3 books)
3.8554039462059486 of 5 stars 3.86 avg rating — 10,187 ratings

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January 2010, Jasper Fforde
"I have a sneaking regard for yellow as a coquettish mistress. But if I were to be surrounded by color, it would have to be a green." ...More

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“If the real world were a book, it would never find a publisher. Overlong, detailed to the point of distraction-and ultimately, without a major resolution.”
Jasper Fforde, Something Rotten

“After all, reading is arguably a far more creative and imaginative process than writing; when the reader creates emotion in their head, or the colors of the sky during the setting sun, or the smell of a warm summer's breeze on their face, they should reserve as much praise for themselves as they do for the writer - perhaps more.”
Jasper Fforde, The Well of Lost Plots

“Take no heed of her.... She reads a lot of books.”
Jasper Fforde, The Eyre Affair


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